The Quick Shall Inherit the Earth: building empires on second drafts

Developing a habit of non-commitment to your dreams is the quickest way to ensure they'll never see the light of day. Large dreams often require the momentum of smaller successes to be brought to life. Not committing to the smaller dreams reinforce your mind's justification of procrastination.

I think too many dreams die because the dreamer sits around waiting for someone else to do it first to see if it can work. Here's a quick way to find out if it works: try it.

Better than a case study, try it for yourself and see if it works.
— Chris Brogan

When Facebook finally hit 1 billion users, employees began seeing a little red book show up on their desks full of power quotes. It took each employee back to the reason Facebook exists and why they do what they do. One such quote is:

The Quick Shall Inherit the Earth.
Fast is better than slow.
While slow is adding unnecessary embellishments, fast is out in the world.
And that means fast can learn from experience while slow can only theorize.
Those who ship quickly can improve quickly.
So fast doesn’t just win the race. It gets a head start for the next one.
— Facebook

Whether you're a painter, a chef, a writer or a business strategist, shipping early gives you the honest feedback from real people early on. There's no need to spend days or weeks perfecting a project no one really wants or needs. Publish your rough drafts and with each iteration, get incrementally better as you learn what works and what doesn't. While the slow are sitting back constructing empires on the backs of unfounded assumptions, the quick are building empires on the backs of trial, error and second drafts.